Review: Mason Jennings’ 23-song Ybor City set is a humbling, honest examination of the human condition (w/setlist)

Perfect close to a chaotic weekend of pirates, hockey, Bawitdabas, beads and booze.

With no shortage of events and music this weekend in Tampa, Mason Jennings’ intimate show at The Attic was the perfect close to a chaotic weekend of pirates, hockey, Bawitdabas, beads and booze. The Minnesota folk hero humbly played his way through a 23-song set, all in front of a dimly lit room of patrons who occupied every table, leaving only standing room for the remainder of those fortunate enough to attend.

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Sharing time between his acoustic guitar and keyboard, Jennings played a solo show of songs old and new from his ever-growing, extensive archive of songs about everyday life, love, happiness and struggle. Although he has not released an album since 2016’s Wild Dark Metal, fans were pleased to hear that he is working on a new album yet to come out, and he did play some selections from aforementioned album. The fresh stuff proved true to his style and was well-received. Jennings mixed in older hits such as “Crown” and “Ulysses” which had many fans quietly singing along.

Jennings delicately strummed and keyed his way through 20 songs before leaving the stage and walking off to the back of the room and shutting the door only to emerge two-seconds later and take the stage for an encore of three more songs. The concert ended with a lighthearted performance of “Keepin’ it Real.” Jennings has a way of reaching and captivating his audience with humbling honesty that is a true testament to his songwriting brilliance and his ability to express the human experience in song. We certainly look forward to a new album and hope it brings him back to Tampa again soon.

Look below to check out — and listen to — a playlist featuring songs from the set. Download it via Spotify.

The Light (Part II)
So Good
Just Another Lover At Your Feet (New Song)
Darkness Between the Fireflies
Bitter Heart
Big Sur
Two Dollar Man
The Beginning (New Song)
Raindrops on the Kitchen Floor
Sorry Signs on Cash Machines
Sing Out

Race You To The Light
Keepin It Real